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Take My Life

**Taken from a page in my daily devotional book-with modifications of my own**

It’s the kind of unrehearsed comment you’d expect to hear on Bill Cosby’s Kids Say The Darndest Things. The interviewer was asking children about their career aspirations. When a certain little girl was asked what she wanted to do “when she got big like her mommy,” she replied, “Go on a diet!”

Sometimes the thoughts we have about our future goals are different from what God has in mind. He isn’t all that concerned about our career or geographic plans or our retirement dreams. His desires for our tomorrows have more to do with the kinds of people we are becoming inside. The color of the collar we wear to work isn’t nearly as important to Him as the content of our character.

As we stand with our backs to His spiritual growth chart, He measures the degree to which our hearts need to be formed, our minds need to be transformed, and our wills need to be conformed. It’s a measuring process that occurs every day for the rest of our lives.

The key, of course, is to let God do His work, to say to Him daily, “Take my life…all of it!”

“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Romans 12:2

I encourage each of you to review the qualities of the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22, 23). Ask God to evaluate each quality while you quietly listen in His presence for His response.

Prayer (modified): Dear Lord, we place our lives completely in your hands. We trust your molding and shaping, which allow us to become who you want us to be in You. We thank you for your grace and mercy, that covers us when we don’t want to be malleable to your perfect will for us. Thank you for being patient with us. Lord, we pray that you will strengthen each woman to say yes to you, in word and deed. We also pray for the power to walk into the destiny you have designed for us. We thank you for hearing and answering prayer. In Jesus name, Amen.

Allow God to change how you look at his plans for your life. He will never LEAD you somewhere and LEAVE you stranded. He is always there…even when you cannot feel Him. Remember, no matter what happens, all things work together for good (Romans 8:28).

Change your perspective and change your life.

-Jenn

A Living Sacrifice

Romans 12:1 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”

Presenting our bodies to God is a service that is within reason. If something is within reason, it’s not extreme or impossible to do. If a pair of  heels are a reasonable price it doesn’t take a lot of debating and questioning about whether or not you are going to buy them. As ladies of style…many of us will already have an outfit in mind that will be a perfect match. So why is it hard for some of us to present our bodies to God as a living sacrifice….holy….acceptable. Well, what is a sacrifice? What does it mean to be holy? What is acceptable?

Making a sacrifice is an act of giving up something precious. One definition says a sacrifice means to surrender something for the sake of something else. When we give our bodies to God, He has many blessings that He will bestow on us. We just have to be obedient.In presenting our bodies to God, we sacrifice actions that aren’t pleasing to God, but are precious to the world. When we begin to see our bodies as something precious, we will watch how we and everyone else treats our bodies. Our eating habits change, our exercise either begins or increases, we watch what we wear, we don’t take our bodies everywhere, and everybody cannot see or touch our bodies.

I Corinthians 6:19-20 “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” Our bodies belong to God, but He wants us to present them to Him. Our salvation has been purchased with the precious blood of Christ….a price that we cannot repay….therefore presenting our bodies to God is….guess what…reasonable.

Presenting our bodies in a holy way is pleasing to God.  A holy woman will endeavor to shun every known sin, and to keep every known commandment. She will have a decided bent of mind toward God, a hearty desire to do His will-a greater fear of displeasing Him than of displeasing the world, and a love for all His ways. A holy woman will strive to be like our Lord Jesus Christ. She will not only live the life of faith in Him, and draw from Him all her daily peace and strength, but she will also labor to have the mind that was in Him, and to be “conformed to His image.”

Acceptable….when something is acceptable, it is adequate to satisfy a need. What is this need? There are so many people in the world who need to know Jesus. God desires to use us to bring people to Christ….to be a positive example in the church….to serve the church….to fulfill our roles in the home….etc. In doing this we will be pleasing to our Lord. We are called with a holy calling…to service. We must be dedicated and devoted to serving Him. As women of God there is always something for us to do in the church. In the body of Christ everyone is not the head nor is every one the foot. There are some fingers, ears, eyes, etc. among us. I encourage each of you to seek God to find out what your role is in the Kingdom. Whatever our role is, we must be dedicated to it and do it.

We must view ourselves as precious to God and realize that we are valuable. We were all created in the image of God and are beautiful. Take another look in the mirror…what do you see? Not what do you want to change….but what do you see? When looking in the mirror you are looking at a someone beautiful, strong, special, and intelligent. Don’t see her? Look again. You are exactly who God desires as a sacrifice. Doing this may seem hard, but the bible says that it’s reasonable.

Change your perspective and change your life.

-Jenn